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16 April 2009

Reconciling Africa’s fragmented institutions of governance: a new approach to institution building

Kim Trollip

Report on the First Planning Workshop

Human Sciences Research Council and Pennsylvania State University
17-20 February 2009, Willow Park Conference Centre, Kempton Park, Gauteng, South Africa

Institutional systems in Africa remain fragmented, despite over four decades of institution building, resulting in de-linking the state from society, failure to coordinate resources with broad social interests and exclusionary policies and practices. The current project ‘Reconciling Africa’s fragmented institutions of governance” aims to explain such fragmentations and their sources, analyse their impact on state building and democratization, and to determine attributes of both traditional institutions and modern ones.

The full report is now available for download

Kim Trollip

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